Please join Miss Windsor for a jolly good go at recreating this refreshingly zingy beverage of Mrs Beeton’s Quick-Fire Fizz Lemonade - it's ‘easy peasy lemon squeezy’!
Oh, and it’s just what the doctor ordered to reduce one’s body temperature whilst enduring such an unusual spell of sweltering hot weather. And I dare say, it’s definitely a one-off for Great Britain that’s notoriously known for its mediocre summers – My word, wonders never cease!
Darlings, I stumbled across this recipe in my 1906 edition of Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. You see, I was instantly captivated by Mrs Beeton’s wizardry skills, as she had concocted such a magical potion with only a few simple ingredients: water, lemon juice, sugar – plus a smattering of ‘bicarbonate of soda’ – How inventive, Mrs Beeton!
Please note: To suit the singleton I've adapted the measurements ever so slightly, however, one may increase the measurements if expecting guests. Oh, and have you noticed that I've changed the title of this recipe from plain Lemonade to Mrs Beeton's Quick-Fire Fizz Lemonade? – no doubt she'll approve.
Darlings, now quiet please while my darling Mrs Simkins; culinary collaborator utters a riveting question: “Miss Windsor, this recipe sounds a tad like a scientific experiment, please do explain!”
Well, darling, what can one say! the Victorians were rather fond of experimental cookery, and so was our culinary wizard - Mrs Beeton! Thus, I discovered that some of her recipes are quick to whip up with a desire to be served in an instant – voila!
Of course, there'll be no danger of fire as one preforms Mrs Beeton’s method for lemonade; it’s merely swift and easy to recreate. And so, this rousing recipe from yesteryear fits perfectly in the ‘quick-fire’ category, as it will only take a snippet of your time to make – How spiffing!
Oh, and the ‘fizz’ element of Mrs Beeton’s culinary experiment is produced by a quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda – well, what do ya know! So, upon releasing the magic powder into the lemony water, Miss Windsor guarantees instant gratification – Oh, I say! as you eagerly watch your summery refreshment become an effervescent mix of ingredients. I must add, the froth really reminds me of Alka-Seltzer – you know, the chalky tablet to nurse one’s hangover!
Darlings, Mrs Beeton’s Quick-Fire Fizz Lemonade is extremely versatile – and can be supped from a glass tumbler whilst you relax in an easy-chair watching the world go by; to be served as a sweet tipple at afternoon tea or summer garden party, or to bottled then shared at your annual family picnic – whatever the event this piquant beverage with a sweet edge is splendidly satisfying!
Oh, and one mustn’t forget to mention, that this sizzling swift recipe is the perfect ‘mixer’ for cocktails.
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Mrs Beeton’s Quick-Fire Fizz Lemonade!
Preparation time: 5 mins
Serves 1 fabulous ‘you’
(double the ingredients for 2, and so on!)
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